KUANTAN: Avid readers should head on over to Kuantan Parade as the Pahang Book Fair is on again.
Up to 20 exhibitors with 36 booths would be displaying mainly Islamic and school reference books at the fair from now until March 29.
Inderapura assemblyman Datuk Shafik Fauzan Sharif, who launched the event, said reading was a religious tenet for Muslims.
“It shall not be limited to religious books though as reading materials such as science, technology and ethics can help expand one’s knowledge of the surrounding,” he said.
Shafik Fauzan lamented that although smartphones could be used to read too, the younger generation were more preoccupied with playing games on their devices.
“Even parents who tell their kids to read spend too much time glued to their television sets. They must lead by example if they want their children to pick up reading as a habit,” he said.
Pahang Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation chairman Datuk Seri Johny Ch’ng said to encourage reading and turning youths from unhealthy activities, the event should be held every three months instead of annually.
“No matter what kind of language an exhibition focuses on, I hope more shopping malls can play host to book fairs to encourage reading among the community.
“In Japan, most of their citizens have books in their hands wherever they go but here, all I see in the hands of our younger generation are smartphones. Besides looking at clothes or other items at the mall, I encourage visitors to buy at least one book at this fair and read it,” he said.